Skip to main content
SearchLoginLogin or Signup

Learning from Vernacular Buildings

In this video, Frank Harmon shares the “inherent wisdom” he learned from North Carolina barns, why he thinks building sustainably is really just “common sense,” and how building sustainably can help one feel more “at home” in their houses.

Published onJan 15, 2022
Learning from Vernacular Buildings
·

Abstract

Frank Harmon learned most of what he needed to know as an architect from playing in the streams around his childhood home in Greensboro, North Carolina. In this video he discusses what kinds of buildings he most wants to design and build in North Carolina, and what that requires paying attention to. He shares the “inherent wisdom” he learned from North Carolina barns, why he thinks building sustainably is really just “common sense,” and how building sustainably can help one feel more “at home” in their houses.

Frank Harmon, FAIA, attended the Architectural Association in London where he received the A.A. Diploma in 1967. Harmon has practiced and taught architecture in London, New York and Raleigh. He built his family home and garden in Raleigh in 1990, and is the author of Native Places, Drawing as a Way to See, published in 2018. Harmon is a professor in practice in NC State's College of Design.

Learning From Vernacular Buildings (Frank Harmon)

This video was originally produced for an audience of entering first-year and transfer students at NC State University as a part of an interdisciplinary experience.

TRANSCRIPT

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

  1. Information on the archaeological sites mentioned in his talk:

  2. Learn about concrete as a local material (and one that could be used to reduce carbon dioxide):

  3. Learn about rammed earth construction (also a local resource):

  4. Learn about the precarious lives of Mexican lake-dwellers 500 years ago and today:

  5. Morehart, C. and Millhauser, J. (2017, July 10). A space age view of the past: Using satellite resources to monitor archaeological resources around Mexico City. Maxar Technologies Blog.

Comments
0
comment

No comments here